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post #1 of 12 (permalink) Old 01-09-2017, 11:02 AM Thread Starter
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traffic alerts by street name instead of exit number

Good morning all!

I'm new to my 2017 TrailHawk and still working my way through all of the tech features and have Googled this question as well but either didn't ask Mr. Google the right question or there isn't a suitable answer but here goes:

How can I get my 8.4Nav to alert me of traffic ahead by exit name instead of exit number? Alerting me by exit number works well when you are out of the city, but in and around town, that doesn't really help me much. This morning was a great example. "Traffic ahead between exit 35 and exit 36" That doesn't mean squat to me when it tells me that when I just passed exit 40 something. Give me a name like Milliken or Day Creek and I know where those exits are in my head and can dodge the impending doom by jumping onto other freeways or side streets to avoid the mess ahead.

Yes, I have read the owners manual for both the Jeep and the Uconnect unit but was unable to find a section that would allow me to change that information. If I'm stuck with it, then no big deal but if there is a setting(s) that I can change, then that would be great.

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post #2 of 12 (permalink) Old 01-09-2017, 12:58 PM
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Do exit numbers in the US work the same as Canada, where the number corresponds to the highway mile marker? For example, If you're at Exit 40, that means mile marker 40, and therefore Exit 36 is going to be nearly exactly 4 miles ahead, and the congestion will last for about 1 mile after that.

If it does work that way, I'd argue that for somebody not familiar with the local street names connecting with the highway would probably prefer the exit number approach because then they can do some math.

Of course, as with just about every other similar feature, making it user-optional would always be best. But I don't believe there are any such settings you can adjust, making the above argument moot. :-)

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Traffic alerts come from SiruisXM. I've always hear the exit numbers. I think they use exit numbers to remain compatible with the majority of the GPS units that use the alerts.

I haven't seen any option to change from exit numbers to street/route names.
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I wish it would tell me how far ahead. On long trips I hate listening every 5 minutes hearing that there is traffic between exit such and such. When I don't have a clue where that exit is due to the fact that I'm not on that highway yet. But if it tells me, traffic (accident) at exit 36 5 miles ahead... etc.


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The exit numbers do correspond with the mile marker so if you are at exit 40 and there is traffic between exit 35 and 36 you will hit it in about 5 miles depending on how much traffic is on the road and will back up to you. In other instances where you have say exit 35A and 35B they represent exits within the same mile marker and if I remember correctly they go from west to east on the A B C etc. As a former truck driver I lived by the mile markers to find just about everything.
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FWIW, the long term future may improve conditions in mapping and traffic. The race to autonomous cars is creating pressure for precise maps and real-time updates on traffic and road conditions. Intel Corp. announced it will purchase a 15 percent stake in HERE, the source of map data in Uconnect Nav.

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I totally get the exit number scheme and it works quite well when I'm in unfamiliar territory, but in and around the city where I've been driving the last couple of decades (ugh, am I that old?) street names are permanently burned into the neurons and require no translation to location in the grey matter between the ears and I can instantly pinpoint where I am in my virtual map inside my head and take corrective actions to avoid the traffic without having to do any math in my head

I have the Waze app, but usually just turned it on and tossed the phone into the coin tray and let it collect points during my morning commute but I will admit that it was pretty good at routing you around the bad portions of traffic when needed. I wonder if there will ever be a Waze app for the Uconnect?

It's interesting to note that I had to drive down the hill last night to help my girlfriends daughter with her car and I voice activated the navigation for directions to her location, well, because I could and while driving, the navigation girl would tell me there was traffic between University and Orange on US10 and between Baseline and Greenspot on US210. For those of you in Inland Empire, you know that I'm over in the Redlands area and that this is always a busy area at quitting time but I was baffled as to why I was getting street names and occasionally given exit numbers along the route. I didn't pay much attention to the exit numbers so cannot tell you the names of these street exits.

I thought that this might be caused by these streets not having an exit number but a quick trip over to maps.google.com and I can see that they have exit numbers posted on the freeway exits so that theory doesn't wash so my next one is to see if the exit number correlate to the size of the side streets that the exit numbers refer to during the navigation portion of the drive. I'm going to be researching this a bit during my commute and ses if I can find any correlation and why navigation sometimes says exit number and sometimes says street name.

Of course I can always ask jeep.com for an answer and see what they say.

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.... Of course I can always ask jeep.com for an answer and see what they say.
I encourage and applaud your research. However, good luck with getting any info from Jeep on mapping and traffic. I had to dig to find the information posted almost 2 years ago here: TMC (Traffic Message Channel) under the heading "What is TMC?". Don't think much has changed since then. (Navteq was acquired by Nokia in 2007/2008, and fully merged into Nokia in 2011 to form part of the HERE business unit.)

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I encourage and applaud your research. However, good luck with getting any info from Jeep on mapping and traffic. I had to dig to find the information posted almost 2 years ago here: TMC (Traffic Message Channel) under the heading "What is TMC?". Don't think much has changed since then. (Navteq was acquired by Nokia in 2007/2008, and fully merged into Nokia in 2011 to form part of the HERE business unit.)


I'm in IT so the gears are always spinning in the head and we question why information is given to us one way and then changes without reason.

I appreciate the info Array and it I can find an answer to my question, I'll be sure to update the thread with anything I find.

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